Iran Teaches Bomb-Making at Camps for Foreign Terrorists
Aug. 02, 1996
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ Foreign terrorists are learning how to make and assemble bombs and carry out assassinations at 11 Iranian training camps, U.S. intelligence records show.
Up to 5,000 men and women are currently training at Iran's state-sponsored terrorism camps, according to classified documents described today in USA Today. Another 500 trainees are learning specialized skills such as suicide bomb-making.
Iran denies running terrorist training camps or exporting terrorism, said Mahmud Mohammadi, spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry.
Asked about the report, President Clinton said today that terrorist training camps exist in ``more than one country in the world'' and that the United States will bring to justice any terrorists who attack the United States or U.S. citizens.
U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies believe the trainees come from Libya, Algeria, Sudan, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza and Saudi Arabia, the newspaper said.
All 11 camps are designed to look like small villages, complete with houses, shops and mosques, but are closed to the public, the newspaper said.
Two Saudi dissident groups, the Organization of Islamic Revolution and the Hezballah of Hejaz, are believed to train at Tehran's Imam Ali camp, the largest of the training camps, the newspaper said. U.S. intelligence officials say most of Iran's overseas terrorist activities are planned at the Imam Ali camp.
Other large training camps are in Qazvim, northeast of Tehran; Qom, south of Tehran; and Hamadan, southwest of Tehran, the newspaper said.
The camps were set up by Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani two years ago and are led by members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard and intelligence service, the newspaper reported.
The camps were discovered through satellite observation, radio and phone taps, and visual confirmation, the documents said.